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Instacart

August 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment

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We’ve used the Instacart service at least ten times now. I can’t say enough good things about it! Basically, you’re hiring a personal shopper to go to local stores and get your groceries. The delivery fee is very low (I paid $3 once) or many times free. I think they work it into the grocery pricing, but not so much that I’ve ever noticed things being way more expensive. Then again, I haven’t been to the supermarket for many months now! In Chicago, they’ll go to Whole Foods, Mariano’s, Jewel, Plum Market, Costco, or Stanley’s. Such a great time saver, especially with a baby!

If you want to give Instacart a try, use this link. You’ll get $10 off and I’ll get $5 off!

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Hawaii Day 7: Kailua

June 13th, 2014 · No Comments

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Somehow Dallas and Billy got up super early for the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Golf Tournament, the first alumni activity of the alumni week… which was pretty much the point of our whole trip. I was mostly impressed with Billy getting up, since he’d just flown in from Taiwan the day before. The rest of the family slept in except Damien. I was dying to see the beach, so I threw Makai in the stroller and the three of us went for a walk. I couldn’t get on the sand because of the stroller, but later on in the afternoon when Makai was sleeping, I took a nice, relaxing stroll on my own. The beaches in Wamanalo are so beautiful with the small islands off the coast, the pali, and the ironwood trees.

Later on I took Makai to Safeway to pick up a few things. I took the stroller in because I thought I was only getting like two things but ended up with so much that the friendly cashier closed her register and helped me to the car! The Safeway was in Kailua, which is kind of just the next town over. This is a bigger city and has more retail and restaurants than Waimanalo, which is a pretty small town. You might have heard of Kailua because it’s where the Obamas vacation in Hawaii sometimes. Also, Magnum P.I.’s house was over here…actually it’s more towards Waimanalo.

Anyway, the shopping center had Starbucks and L&L so I hit both of those places. While I was waiting for my order at L&L these two utility workers (maybe construction workers) came in and one was like “ooohhh that’s a healthy one!” to me about Makai. The other worker looks and agrees and then they both throw up shakas to Makai inside his stroller! My food came and I was going to eat there, but just then, at Makai’s exact feeding time I realized that I had formula powder and water, but no bottle! I had to rush home while Makai freaked out in the backseat! Luckily, Waimanalo is not far and the traffic was pretty light. A few minutes after I got back, Billy and Dallas arrived from their golfing.

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That night we all went out to eat at Willow Tree, a Korean restaurant back in Kailua. We sampled a lot of different food (meat jun, bibimbap, kalbi, mandu) and thought it was all pretty good. Back home, all the kids get a bath and go to bed. I was so tired I went to bed too!

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Hawaii Day 3: Makai’s First Trip to the Beach

June 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Makai started out with a sink bath and spent the rest of the day (until we left the house) wearing only a diaper – Kauai baby style! Dallas’s mom said that when Dallas was little they only threw a shirt on when they went out, but we put shorts on him too! Kauai is very laid back though. At one point we took him to a party and he was wearing an aloha shirt and people wanted to know why he was so dressed up! I always stress about what clothes to pack to Hawaii, but I never should. Especially not on Kauai, where I don’t even wear makeup. No. One. Cares. !!

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Dallas and his dad continued to work on the deck. During a break, Dallas was digging through some drawers in his old room and came across this photo of Kamehameha Schools Class of 1994. The photo was taken in 1990, when they were all 8th graders! (View Larger.)

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While Makai was sleeping I ran out and did a few things. My first stop was Kauai Coffee. I’d been here one time before, but it was years ago. This time I noticed there was a self-guided walking tour so after sampling some coffee, I took a stroll. Even if you don’t read the signs, it’s a beautiful walk with lots of rows of coffee bushes and pretty flowers. I think they also have a guided tour if you’re there at the right time.

After my walk I treated myself to an ice cream sandwich made with Kauai Coffee ice cream and a chocolate chip macadamia nut cookie. It was so huge! I could only eat about half. Then I bought a few things to take home and a couple things for Makai – a stuffed honu and a book called This Is My Piko. Piko is Hawaiian for belly button and this book talks about all different body parts and how to say them in Hawaiian.

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In Ele’ele I stopped at Big Save and got a blow up pool for Makai to use at the house. At the market, they’re making a killing on this local coconut water, since everyone is into drinking that now. I also took some photos of some odd aisle signs. I don’t know why Big Save always puts the fishing tackle in the souvenir aisle!

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And then I stopped at L&L in Waimea to grab some lunch for everyone. I got a ton of chicken katsu, some teri beef and I just had to try the saimin burger. I feel like the ramen burger was a big trend last year in New York so yay for L&L for hopping on that. Instead of L&L, Makai had some poi that I got at the Big Save.

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A couple random things: This keyless car ignition thing is cool except when you have a baby you’re loading in and out of the backsean a thousand times like I was on our day on the North Shore. The keyless ignition actually makes me more prone to losing the key/fab because I don’t know where I put it… it’s not in the ignition where it’s supposed to be.

I also picked up the The Garden Island News hoping to see some soft story about how an albatross found its way home, but it actually had a real issue on the front page. We were just talking to Larry about the water issues they’re having around Kalaheo.

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We met up with Kaipo, Dallas’s classmate from Kamehameha, to go to the Poipu Beach. He brought his daughter Hi’ilei, who is 2 years old and the cutest thing ever. This was Makai’s first time in the actual sand and water. He was not a fan of the water at all really! He seemed to like the sand. Or at least be ok with it. He tried to eat it, actually!

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Later on Dallas’s parents insisted we go out for a nice dinner while they babysat. We decided on Dolphin Seafood in Poipu at Kukui’ula because it was new(er) and we’d heard from a few people how good it is. We sat at the sushi bar and our sushi chef was Tandita, who was a young kind of punkish Japanese girl. I don’t remember what all we had, but I do remember one of them was uku, a Hawaiian snapper. Just to the left of us we started talking to a couple who were out celebrating a birthday. Turns out they know Dallas’s uncle Dee very well. Small island!

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